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August 26, 2018

The Cathedral’s Fate Yet Uncertain…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Visiting in the first days of January 2018, The Christchurch Cathedral seems completely unchanged from when we visited five years ago.

The building looks sad in it’s present state, and I know that there have been some court battles over it’s survival because one of the most favoured options by the Anglican church is to pull it down.

However it’s popularity is such that millions has been raised by the public for it’s restoration and even more some consider, is that the Cathedral is the number one icon of the city, the biggest focal point (Cathedral Square), as well as regional and international point of recognition.

In this piece: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/339026/fate-of-christchurch-cathedral-being-decided “Fate of ChristChurch Cathedral being decided”

I read: “The head of the Christchurch Anglican diocese, and Christchurch’s Bishop, Victoria Matthews has strongly stated her support for demolition in the past. The government, city council and heritage groups all back restoring it.

At Synod people backed each of the three options – demolish and rebuild, reinstate, or gift the building to the government.

The option to reinstate came with a $25 million funding pledge from central government and a $10 million pledge from the Christchurch City Council (although this is subject to public consultation).

As part of the discussion, Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel said “there was no right or wrong decision, but if the call was made to demolish, it could face significant legal challenges”. National Party Christchurch Rebuild spokesperson Nicky Wagner reaffirmed her support for reinstatement and said she was “cautiously optimistic” that the Synod would choose to rebuild the cathedral.

How does the Synod come to a decision?”The Anglican Synod is a meeting of the Christchurch Diocese, which covers all of Canterbury, the Westland Coast and the Chatham Islands. It consists of three houses: the House of Bishops, the House of Clergy and the House of Laity.

In a similar way to a council meeting or AGM, there were a variety of motions that the Synod debate and vote on.This year, it includes the fate of the ChristChurch cathedral. To come to a decision, a motion has to gain a majority in each of the three houses. If there was no majority, the voting will continue.”

I personally feel tis this building is worth more than money, it’s loss would be like Paris losing the Eiffel Tower, Sydney it’s Opera House or New York the Statue of Liberty. As any Christchurch resident about their first trip up to the top of the tower pre-quakes, they all have a story and happy memory. Also pre-quake I am probably one of tens of thousands who over the years have walked through the Cathedral’s doors for the Christmas Eve Service after the Carols by Candlelight event on the banks of the Avon on balmy summers evenings. I hope this this building is saved and restored, it deserves more than to be just a sad figure of a building in the Square that bares it’s name and a giant birdhouse for the local winged residents.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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